Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 3:06 pm    

Talcum_Powder_MediumYou may have heard about Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer risks in the news recently.  That’s because juries keep reaching huge verdicts against Johnson & Johnson and linking its talcum powder products to ovarian cancer in women.  Read on to learn more about these cases.

She said, “I knew nothing about this before . . . . I figured baby powder is for babies, it must be safe.” This New York Times article covers the story of Deane Berg who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 49. After her diagnosis she searched the internet for possible causes of ovarian cancer and one jumped out at her: Talcum Powder.

Deane had used baby powder for feminine hygiene every day for 30 years. She recalls going to the bathroom and throwing her Johnson’s baby powder in the trashcan. Deane was the first woman among thousands of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming that baby powder caused them to have ovarian cancer.

Believe it or not, the tumor the doctors removed from Deane’s ovaries actually had talc particles embedded in it. There have been studies since the seventies that have linked talc to cancer. A study that was released this month found that among some women, genital use of powder is linked with a 44 percent increased risk for ovarian cancer.

Recently, $55 million in damages was awarded to a cancer survivor and $72 million was awarded in February.  In November 2016, there was an additional verdict for a California woman of $70 million.

If you or someone you know has ovarian cancer and a history of using baby powder, call Roberts Wilson at 662-533-9111.

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